LOUISE MOSRIE and Cliff Eberhardt will perform the Ripton Community Coffee House’s first online concert on Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
RIPTON — The Ripton Community Coffee House welcomes Cliff Eberhardt and Louise Mosrie to an online concert on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m., and invites everyone to enjoy the music from their comfortable, socially-distanced living room. Due to the coronavirus, the fall season of the Ripton Community Coffee House will not take place at the Community House, but the music continues online. Viewers can find links to the concert at  There readers can also find ways to donate their “entrance fee” directly to the musicians, if they so choose.  Eberhardt is a singer-songwriter with an...

BRIAN FORD DISPLAYS the Mountain Red and Bill Ford shows the Goshen White table wines, which they fermented in stainless steel tanks at their Ripton winemaking facility. Independent photo/John Flowers
RIPTON — When you think of Ripton, the mind meanders to rustic country roads, kind neighbors, wonderful views, Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf campus, and the moody Middlebury River. But vineyards? Yes. In about two months, Brian Ford and his dad Bill will organize grape harvests on two vineyards that encompass around 1.5 acres. One is off Lincoln Road in Ripton, the other is off Hathaway Road in Goshen. Together they make up “High Rows Vineyards,” which recent began commercial production of white and red table wines. The company is aptly named. The rows of grape vines growing in Ripton —...
RIPTON — Middlebury College has canceled the 95th annual Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference because of ongoing concerns over COVID-19. The conference had been scheduled to take place on the college’s Bread Loaf campus in mid-August. “All of us here at the conferences feel tremendous regret that the pandemic will prevent us from joining together in person this summer, but we are eager to do our part to protect the writers we serve from possible exposure or transmission of the coronavirus,” wrote BLWC Director Jennifer Grotz in a June 15 email to the conference community. September’s Bread Loaf...

ANDREA CHESMAN AND Richard Ruane hosted one heck of a house-warming/jam session dinner party back in 1994, which spurred the idea to start up the Ripton Community Coffee House on the first Saturday in May 1995. RCCH celebrates 25 years this May, but because of the coronavirus has had to pause any performances until the fall. Photo by Beth Duquette
RIPTON — This May, the beloved Ripon Community Coffee House was set to celebrate its 25th year hosting musical gatherings at the historic Ripton Community House, a block up from the General Store on Route 125. But like so many other events, this celebration has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, too.  A special concert of local all-stars — Matt Flinner (mandolin), Brett Hughes (guitar), Caleb Elder (fiddle) and Pat Melvin (bass) — was scheduled for the first Saturday in May; now RCCH is looking at opening their 25th season in the fall — probably in October.  Instead of...
RIPTON — Voters in three of the Addison Central School District’s seven member-towns support the notion that school board members should only be elected by their fellow townspeople, and that a local school should only be closed if a majority in its host community elect to do so. That was the takeaway in the towns of Ripton, Salisbury and Shoreham, which held non-binding votes on two petitioned referenda on March 3 that the ACSD board had declined to warn (due to legal advice) on its own ballot. Residents in a fourth ACSD town — Cornwall — defeated both questions at their annual gathering,...
RIPTON — Ripton residents at their town meeting approved all the articles on their warning, including two advisory referenda that suggested local residents be given more of a say in the election of their local school directors and potential future closure of their local school. Ripton was one of four Addison Central School District communities that permitted a public vote on two petitioned items that the ACSD board had declined to place on the district ballot. The first article, which recommended that each ACSD board member be elected only by the voters of his or her hometown, passed by a 216...

THE QUEBECOIS QUINTET Rosier will perform at the Ripton Community Coffee House on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.
RIPTON — The Ripton Community Coffee House welcomes back Rosier (formerly Les Poules à Colin) to the Ripton Community House on Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. The Montréal-based band explores the connections between Québec folk and a mix of indie, jazz, pop, bluegrass and contemporary styles with original compositions, sophisticated arrangements, harmonic progressions and reinvented traditions. The bilingual band injects exuberant color into folk traditions, taking its roots and spinning this foundation into mature, well-controlled music filled with emotion and a surprising freshness. Rosier...
RIPTON — Ripton voters are in store for a busy town meeting next week. In addition to voting on their town/highway budget and other money items, they will be asked to discuss the future of their town offices. Residents will decide a combined general fund/highway budget of $650,270 for fiscal year 2021. That’s down slightly from the current $656,692 spending plan. Article 6 on the warning features a series of discussion items that includes, “Town office building — renovate, build replica or relocate the office?” The current office building is located at 1311 Route 125 in the village between...
I worked as a teacher and principal at the Ripton Elementary School for 20 years beginning in the first fall the “new” school was opened. When Ripton no longer tuitioned students to Mary Hogan, and for the next 18 years, our student population averaged 65. We never had 80 students. Today the student population is 55 (five are tuition students from Hancock and Granville). The business manager at the ACSD Central Office sent me this information: “The tuition number does fluctuate as students come and go, but at the start of the school year, we had 11 students at MUMS, five at Ripton, 19 at MUHS...
RIPTON — Master guitarist Paul Asbell will give a concert at the Ripton Community Coffee House on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. He’ll offer a a genre-blurring, virtuosic waltz through the deep heritage of American folklore, with highly individualized twists on blues and jazz standards, old-timey country-based themes, and original pieces from the “American roots” tradition. The Ripton Community House, located on Route 125 in Ripton, offers a concert the first Saturday of the month (except July and August).  Doors open at 7 p.m., with an open mic set. Refreshments are available. The Ripton...


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